I understand the hesitancy of manufacturers and restaurants to jump on the gluten-free diet bandwagon. They are worried that they will invest significant time and money into offering gluten-free food only to have people stop buying it after a while.
Is the gluten-free diet a fad diet?
No. For people like me and my son who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it is not a fad, and the idea that it is a fad can rouse emotions.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease which causes a person’s body to attack itself, specifically the lining of the small intestine, when gluten is consumed. There is no cure nor are there any drugs to treat the disease. Life-long adherence to a gluten-free diet is the only treatment. That is not a fad.
Gluten Sensitivity is the term used for people who also have an intolerance to gluten. They might have celiac disease but it is undiagnosed for a variety of reasons, or they react to gluten without having intestinal damage. Either way, the symptoms are unpleasant and living a healthy life is dependent on eliminating gluten. That is not a fad.
The number of people who are on a gluten-free diet for the above two reasons is growing. Increasingly, doctors are diagnosing celiac patients, and people are becoming aware of the possible affects of gluten on their bodies.
As more and more people go gluten free for health reasons, more and more people hear about it, and as a result, some people jump on the bandwagon for the wrong reasons. That is a fad.
Is the gluten-free diet a fad? Absolutely not! At least not for most of us. For some people it is, but that’s not all bad. Maybe a few of them will realize that they too feel better and are healthier on a gluten-free diet.